Saturday, September 08, 2012
“KISS THE NAME OF THE NINE MUSES GOODBYE” opens tonight in Kensington, MD
“KISS THE NAME OF THE NINE MUSES GOODBYE”
Tom Block & Micheline Klagsbrun
August 31-Sept 30, 2012
Vernissage with the Artists: September 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m with live music by White Chihuahua
Tom Block—artist, poet, playwright, and activist—channels all of his roles in his series, “In the Garden of the Mystical Redoubt.” His form of Neo- expressionism, which incorporates raw energy, art brut, and graphic design, belies a sensitivity to the multitudes of the human condition. Whether through black and white portraiture, abstract mixed-media collage, or text-based work, Mr. Block aims to garner empathy for his subjects who embody the idiosyncrasies and tendencies of humans which are at the same time unique and universal. From the angst of “Suburban Boy” to the exuberance of the “Rock and Roll Mystic,” Mr. Block conveys a range of emotional states which remain essential to his work.
Micheline Klagsbrun finds the inspiration for the “mythological realism” of her exquisitely rendered drawings from the classical Greek poet Ovid and his Metamorphosis. Micheline is enchanted by the poem’s traditional themes of identity and change, as well as its surprisingly modern relevance to human rights, feminism and environmentalism. Micheline empathizes with the conflicts faced by the classical figures, whose physical transformations represent the universal human struggle for identity, stability, and peace. Each drawing is based on a live model, whose pathos is shaped by the narrative of a corresponding poem. Series such as “Lotus/Dryope” (in which a young mother is transformed into a tree) are exemplary of her entire body of work and its anthropomorphic motifs.
Adah Rose Gallery
3766 Howard Ave
Kensington, Maryland 20895